Mei Chung

Chung, Mei


Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine


PhD, Tufts University
MPH, Boston University

Research Focus:

Mei Chung, PhD, MPH has a PhD in Nutritional Epidemiology from the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and a MPH with dual concentrations on Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Social & Behaviroal Science from the Boston University School of Public Health. She has extensive methodological expertise in conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and in conducting research to improve evidence-based methods. While working at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality designated Evidence-based Practice Center at the Tufts Medical Center, she led the evidence report, Vitamin D and Calcium: A Systematic Review of Health Outcomes, which was presented to the Institute of Medicine’s Committee to Review Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin D and Calcium, and the extended AHRQ task order to support the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force recommendations on vitamin D supplementations. She also led and co-led a series of methodological papers focusing on the opportunities and challenges in applying evidence-based methodologies in the field of nutrition. Her current research interests include: the application of evidence-based methods to field of nutrition and epidemiology; methodologies for developing evidence-based dietary guidelines or nutrient reference values; and secondary database analyses for generating and testing hypotheses on the relationships between nutrition, environment, and chronic diseases. Her teaching area is in systematic review to inform public health policy and practice.

Select Publications:

  1. Wang DD, Shams-White M, Bright OJ, Parrott JS, Chung M. Creating a Literature Database of Low-calorie Sweeteners and Health Studies: Evidence Mapping. BMC Medical Research Methodology. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2016 Jan 5;16(1):1. PMID: 26728979. PMCID: PMC4700619
  2. Tang A, Quick T, Chung M, Wanke C. Nutrition assessment, counseling, and support interventions to improve health-related outcomes in people living with HIV/AIDS: A systematic review of the literature. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2015 April 68;3:S340-349. PMID:25768873
  3. Chung M, Wang DD, Rizzo AM, Gachette D, Delnord M, Parambi R, Kang CM, Brugge D. Association of PNC, BC, and PM2.5 Measured at a Central Monitoring Site with Blood Pressure in a Predominantly Near Highway Population. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2015 Mar 3;12(3):2765-80. doi: 10.3390/ijerph120302765. PubMed PMID: 25741638
  4. Chung M, Ma J, Patel K, Berger S, Lau J, Lichtenstein AH. Fructose, high-fructose corn syrup, sucrose, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease or indexes of liver health: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Clin Nutr. 2014 Sep;100(3):833-49. Epub 2014 Aug 6. PMID: 25099546; PMCID: PMC4135494
  5. Morgan N, Irwin MR, Chung M, Wang C. The effects of mind-body therapies on the immune system: meta-analysis. PLoS One. 2014 Jul 2;9(7):e100903. PMID: 24988414. PMCID: PMC4079606
  6. Finn KL, Chung M, Rothpletz-Puglia P, Byham-Gray L. Impact of Providing a Combination Lipid Emulsion Compared with a Standard Soybean Oil Lipid Emulsion in Children Receiving Parenteral Nutrition: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr 2014 [published online before print July 23]
  7. Yahia N, Brown C, Rapley M, Chung M. Assessment of college students’ awareness and knowledge about conditions relevant to metabolic syndrome. Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome 2014, 6:111. PMID: 25360161 PMCID: PMC4213528
  8. Vishwanathan R, Chung M, Johnson EJ. A systematic review on zinc for the prevention and treatment of age-related macular degeneration. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2013 Jun 12;54(6):3985-98. doi: 10.1167/iovs.12-11552. PubMed PMID: 23652490
  9. Chung M, Newberry SJ, Ansari MT, Yu WW, Wu H, Lee J, Suttorp M, Gaylor JM, Motala A, Moher D, Balk EM, Shekelle PG. Two methods provide similar signals for the need to update systematic reviews. J Clin Epidemiol. 2012 Jun;65(6):660-8.doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2011.12.004. Epub 2012 Mar 29. PubMed PMID: 22464414
  10. Chung M, Lee J, Terasawa T, Lau J, Trikalinos TA. Vitamin D with or without calcium supplementation for prevention of cancer and fractures: an updated meta-analysis for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med. 2011 Dec 20;155(12):827-38. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-155-12-201112200-00005. PubMed PMID: 22184690
  11. Chung M, Balk EM, Ip S, Lee J, Terasawa T, Raman G, Trikalinos T, Lichtenstein AH, Lau J. Systematic review to support the development of nutrient reference intake values: challenges and solutions. Am J Clin Nutr. 2010 Aug;92(2):273-6. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.2009.29092. Epub 2010 May 26. PubMed PMID: 20504974; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2904030
  12. Pittas AG, Chung M, Trikalinos T, Mitri J, Brendel M, Patel K, Lichtenstein AH, Lau J, Balk EM. Systematic review: Vitamin D and cardiometabolic outcomes. Ann Intern Med. 2010 Mar 2;152(5):307-14. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-152-5-201003020-00009. PubMed PMID: 20194237; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3211092
  13. Trikalinos TA, Chung M, Lau J, Ip S. Systematic review of screening for bilirubin encephalopathy in neonates. Pediatrics. 2009 Oct;124(4):1162-71. doi:10.1542/peds.2008-3545. Epub 2009 Sep 28. PubMed PMID: 19786450
  14. Terasawa T, Balk EM, Chung M, Garlitski AC, Alsheikh-Ali AA, Lau J, Ip S. Systematic review: comparative effectiveness of radiofrequency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation. Ann Intern Med. 2009 Aug 4;151(3):191-202. Epub 2009 Jul 6. PubMed PMID: 19581635
  15. Chung M, Lichtenstein AH, Ip S, Lau J, Balk EM. Comparability of methods for LDL subfraction determination: A systematic review. Atherosclerosis. 2009 Aug;205(2):342-8. doi: 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2008.12.011. Epub 2008 Dec 14. PubMed PMID: 19162266
  16. Ip S, Lichtenstein AH, Chung M, Lau J, Balk EM. Systematic review: association of low-density lipoprotein subfractions with cardiovascular outcomes. Ann Intern Med. 2009 Apr 7;150(7):474-84. PubMed PMID: 19349632
  17. Chung M, Balk EM, Ip S, Raman G, Yu WW, Trikalinos TA, Lichtenstein AH, Yetley EA, Lau J. Reporting of systematic reviews of micronutrients and health: a critical appraisal. Am J Clin Nutr. 2009 Apr;89(4):1099-113. doi:10.3945/ajcn.2008.26821. Epub 2009 Feb 25. PubMed PMID: 19244363; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2667458
  18. Russell R, Chung M, Balk EM, Atkinson S, Giovannucci EL, Ip S, Lichtenstein AH, Mayne ST, Raman G, Ross AC, Trikalinos TA, West KP Jr, Lau J. Opportunities and challenges in conducting systematic reviews to support the development of nutrient reference values: vitamin A as an example. Am J Clin Nutr. 2009 Mar;89(3):728-33. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.2008.27154. Epub 2009 Jan 28. PubMed PMID: 19176732; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2667653
  19. Trikalinos TA, Chung M, Lau J, Ip S. Systematic Review of Screening for bilirubin encephalopathy in neonates. Pediatrics 2009; 124: 1162-1171. PMID: 19786450
  20. Chung M, Raman G, Trikalinos T, Lau J, Ip S. Interventions in primary care to promote breastfeeding: an evidence review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med. 2008 Oct 21;149(8):565-82. PubMed PMID: 18936504